It was a sad day in the village today, as we gathered around the memorial to say goodbye to our good friend and neighbour Nigel Spencer Small. With COVID 19 restrictions in place, a ceremony led by the Reverend Good took place outside in the fresh air in front of the Church House Inn. At one heartwarming moment in the service, a lone pigeon flew down and landed on the hearse. It paused for a moment, looked around, taking in the ring of humanity, and then gracefully flew up to the rooftops to watch from above.
Nigel was a cornerstone of the village, having been part of the parish Council and a school governor, as well as at the heart of most things going on in the village.
He loved nature and being outdoors, from his boating to his field of trees, he will be sorely missed by his buddies, friends and neighbours of Stokeinteignhead.
Our condolences and love to all his family.
Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace has announced.
A statement issued by the palace just after midday spoke of the Queen’s “deep sorrow” following his death at Windsor Castle on Friday morning.
The Duke of Edinburgh, the longest-serving royal consort in British history, was at the Queen’s side for more than her six decades of reign.
Boris Johnson said he “inspired the lives of countless young people”.
“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen announces the death of her beloved husband,” the Palace said.
“The Royal Family join with people around the world in mourning his loss.”
It is understood that the Prince of Wales travelled from his home in Gloucestershire to visit his mother at Windsor Castle on Friday afternoon.
Speaking at Downing Street, the prime minister said that the duke had “earned the affection of generations here in the United Kingdom, across the Commonwealth, and around the world”.
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Takeaway menu (including our delicious pizzas) available on Fridays and Saturdays for collection between 6 and 8pm.
We are serving takeaways in the evenings on Fridays and Saturdays, and roasts on Sunday lunchtimes. Roast dinners will include a choice of two meats and our homemade nut roast.
Please phone us on 01626 872 475 before 6pm to order your takeaway and arrange collection. We will not be able to deliver your takeaway; collection only!
Further to the Prime Ministers’ announcements on Monday of this week and after meeting with the Church Wardens and staff team, we have decided to re-open our churches for worship from Sunday 7th March. We intend to have at least two services each week and will send the rota round as soon as it is completed. Following our staff meeting to set the rota, yesterday, the rota for March is rather erratic!! This is purely because, being unable to have one big service on my last Sunday as your Rector, I need to ensure that I get to all churches one last time before I retire!! I do hope you understand – this is a ‘one-off’!
It is also our intention to open fully every Sunday from Easter Sunday.
It will be possible to go to another church, but you must book beforehand with the relevant Church Warden.
In order for us to stay open it is imperative that all Covid regulations are followed which will mean:-
Sanitising your hands when entering and leaving the Church.
Wearing a face covering which covers your nose and mouth and fits well to your face.
Adhering to the one-way system when moving around the Church for Communion or to leave.
When coming to receive communion you should
- Remove your face covering without touching the central part which covers your mouth
- Sanitise your hands
- Receive the wafer at arms length
- Put your face covering back on
- Sanitise your hands on your way back to your seat.
At the end of the service everyone should leave promptly and quietly.
There must be no mingling in the church – remember that from the 8th March it is allowed to meet with one other person outside only, therefore we should not stand outside the Church door for a conversation in a group.
Sadly we shall not be able to distribute posies of flowers on Mothering Sunday this year.
We are hoping to have as many services as possible during Holy Week and for Easter and are currently planning the following:-
Palm Sunday (28th March) – It does not seem as though we will be able to walk with Palms so there will be a simple Eucharistic service in both St Peter’s and St Andrew’s. You can make your own palm crosses at home or collect one from the church which will have been placed at least 48 hours before the service. St Andrew’s are delivering theirs direct to homes.
There will be a quiet morning on Tuesday 30th March at St Peter’s led by Reverend Caroline Luff – please contact Caroline directly to sign up.
On Maundy Thursday there will be 2 identical services running at 7pm – one in St Peter’s and one in St Andrew’s
There will be a service remembering the Final Hour at 2pm in St Andrew’s .
There will be no Easter Vigil service this year on Easter Eve – Paschal candles will be in each church and will be blessed on Easter Morning.
All Churches will have a Eucharist service on Easter Day at their usual times.
Please note – at the time of writing I am still awaiting official guidance from the Church of England and I also understand that there will be an Archdeacon’s briefing next week. Please understand, therefore, that these proposed plans may be subject to change!
With every blessing